PESTGUARD get asked on a regular basis Â “How do I keep cats out of my garden ” …………..here are two solutions which were passed onto Pestguard and we find Â do work.
Even the most ardent cat lovers don’t appreciate the smell of cat urine on the carpet or furniture or outdoors in the garden. Cats who use flower beds as a litter box present an even more serious problem. While it’s difficult to convince cats to do anything they don’t want to do, you can make homemade cat repellent spray that may convince cats to take their business elsewhere. Homemade cat repellent spray is safe and environmentally friendly.
THESE ARE TWO METHODS
Place 3 cups of boiling water in a heatproof container.Â Add 3 tablespoons of cinnamon, 3 tablespoons of rosemary and 3 tablespoons of dried lavender
Cover the container and allow the mixture to steep for several hours, or overnight.
Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer lined with clean cheesecloth.Â Use a funnel to pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Add 3/4 cup of vinegar to the mixture, along with 15 drops of tangerine or orange essential oil.Â Shake the spray bottle to blend the ingredients.
Spray the homemade cat repellent spray wherever you want to repel cats.Avoid spraying the mixture directly on plant foliage.
Lemon and Eucalyptus
Use eucalyptus and lemon to your advantage.Â Lemon may be the very essence of freshness to humans, but to animals, especially cats, it’s off-putting. Eucalyptus oil is used as a repellent for any number of animals, among them fleas, mosquitoes, and â€” you guessed it â€” cats. Use both of these natural repellents to your advantage.
- Into a spray bottle, mix:
- 1 quart (~1 liter) water
- 10 drops lemon oil, or the zest of one lemon
- 20 drops eucalyptus oil
Spray this repellent anywhere you please.Â Take care, however, not to apply too much of it directly to foliage. Eucalyptus oil can be detrimental to the health of other plants and herbs, but probably not in the concentration described above.
- Keep this repellent away from children. Eucalyptus oil is toxic in high doses (4 mL to 5 mL of eucalyptus oil) for children. While this amount is far more than the amount described in the recipe, it’s probably best to avoid the stuff just like the cats will do!